Dilutes Australia buckskin & smoky black register for studbook and non-studbook buckskin & smoky black horses and ponies
Registration and Membership Applications
Studbook Buckskin / Smoky Black Register: mares & stallions - must have 2 registered parents. Proof must be provided. Must PASS conformation standards.
Non-studbook Buckskin / Smoky Black Register: mares & stallions - either one or both parents are unknown / unregistered or unprovable. Must PASS conformation standards. These buckskins have full showing rights.
Gelding Register: may have either registered or unknown / unregistered / unprovable parentage. Must PASS conformation standards.
The owners of all buckskins and smoky blacks must be current financial members of the Association. Should an owner cease to be a financial member, the registration of all horses registered in his or her name will be suspended until such time as said owner rejoins the association, at which time the registration of all horses registered in his or her name will be reinstated
All horses / ponies being presented for registration as a smoky black or 'dark bay' (brown) buckskin will be required to undergo DNA testing for cream unless one of the following is applicable:
Notwithstanding the above, 'dark bay' (brown) buckskins may exhibit enough dilution characteristics to not require DNA testing but this will be up to the Registrar to determine.
A buckskin or smoky black shall meet the standards of conformation (breed characteristics being irrelevant) prescribed by the Board. To be considered for BUCKSKIN / SMOKY BLACK STUDBOOK, NON-STUDBOOK or GELDING registration, a buckskin / smoky black must gain the required conformation marks prescribed by Board and fulfil the following:
The company registers all shades of buckskin and smoky black.
Buckskins range in shade from very pale cream or buff to almost black. They are defined by their genetic makeup of single cream on a BAY BASE and genetically are one of the following: EE AA CRcr, EE Aa CRcr, Ee AA CRcr, Ee Aa CRcr.
Smoky Blacks also come in a range of shades from almost brown to pitch black. Single cream does not affect black pigment. They are defined by their genetic make up of single cream on a BLACK BASE and genetically are one of the following: EE aa CRcr, Ee aa CRcr.
CREAM - a pale cream, off white or buff colour with dark points.
STANDARD - a yellowish body colour. Mane, tail and legs are black. May be clear coated, dappled or sooty.
GOLDEN - a nice deep gold body colour. Some of the richer colours are hard to distinguish from the bays, particularly the copper bay, but they are lack the 'redness' that bays have. One of the most common ways of distinguishing between the two is by looking at the iridescence: a buckskin, like a palomino, will have gold or metallic silver iridescence whilst a bay will tend to exhibit copper or orange iridescence.
BURNT/SOOTY - at one stage sooty buckskin was incorrectly known as brown grulla when it was thought that buckskin, dun and grulla were each controlled by the same genetic mechanism. However, it is now known that this is not the case. 'Sooty' is progressive; horses progressively develop black hairs through the coat as they age.
BROWN - this is the darkest shade. Overall the horse appears to be brown with tan or buff soft spots. Please note that all horses / ponies of this colour being presented for registration may be required to undergo DNA testing for cream unless they have
SMOKY BLACK - occurs on a base colour of black. This colour is also referred to as black buckskin and dilute black. Smoky blacks registered with Dilutes Australia Ltd are eligible to be shown in classes for buckskins.
These horses and ponies carry two copies of the recessive agouti allele 'a' that allows black pigment to be dispersed right across the coat. Breeders should be aware when using smoky blacks for breeding buckskins that the other parent must carry at least one copy of the dominant agouti allele 'A'. If a buckskin is the desired result the other parent needs to carry two copies of the dominant allele ie be 'AA'.
Foals may be born a tan or fawn colour but can't be distinguished from ordinary black, which are also born a tan or fawn colour.